Archive for April, 2007

Commentary for ” ITDE” 4/28/07

April 29, 2007

Due to having some guests over to the Hi-Life Room, (a story you will really enjoy reading) I did not liveblog the show this week. Also, because of technical problems, I was unable to make a complete recording of this week’s show– I apologize for this!

However, I did record this week’s fantastic improvisational section, which I will tell you about:

Around 5 a.m., I started the improvisation portion of the show, utilizing the Simultaneous Translator. I let the airwaves go silent, and allowed the mutiple streams enough time to become silent as well. Then I slowly built up a massive wall of drone. The Simultaneous Translator worked wonderfully! I was able to bring in 4 instances of WDBX’s netcast, each of which now had it’s own independent volume and effects. With three CD players and a cassette deck, I was able to make quite a thick sound.

I recorded everything to cassette, direct from the board. I also let three microcassette recorders capture the sound as I heard it live in the Hi-Life Room. My intention is to combine these recordings with the direct recording to create a master mix. Exactly how things will be combined is still a bit up in the air, but you’ll have a chance to hear it soon. I am extremely pleased with the results– I am really blown away with how terrific it sounds.

Here is the playlist for the show. Because of the layered nature of the drone improv, I am not certain of the order of materials used during this section.

Satoru Wono — Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise: Sonata
Satoru Wono — Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise: Scherzo
Satoru Wono — Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise: Adagio
Satoru Wono — Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise: Divertimento
Jeff Rehnlund — 160 India St.
Jeff Rehnlund — Green Piano
Jeff Rehnlund — Mera
Jeff Rehnlund — Valado
Jeff Rehnlund — Madhatter
Jeff Rehnlund — Schmid
Jeff Rehnlund — Raleigh
Big City Orchestra — Advise Pilot of Fire
Big City Orchestra — Seconds Too Late
Big City Orchestra — Remain in Orb
Big City Orchestra — Expect Nothing
Big City Orchestra — Reduce Number
———–IMPROV w/ Simultaneous Translator———–
Grkzgl — Untlat (excerpt)
DaveX — Improvisation With Audience
DaveX — Improvisation With Pearlcorder
Leo — Cute Drops
Phil Hargreaves & Glenn Weyant — Do Not Sing (excerpt)
Scott Smallwood — Renulife (excerpt)
Rubbish — Rubbish for Neighbors (excerpt)
Matt Rogalsky
— Resonate (Tones) (excerpt)
Trash Ant — Untitled Pink Tape (excerpt)
The Bastard Sons of Morton Subotnick — Nola EKG (excerpt)
DaveX — Pre Mandala
DaveX — Untitled for Dog Training Device
Karlheinz Stockhausen — Mantra (excerpt)
Dan Joseph Ensemble — Percussion and Strings
Dan Joseph Ensemble — Archaea Quartet
Dan Joseph Ensemble — Lotus Quintet

Losing My “Mysterious Legend” Status

April 29, 2007

A lot of music fans are familiar with musicologist John Lomax’s pioneering folk recordings. Hauling a 300-plus pound acetate cutter around the South, Lomax produced an amazing array of discs while attempting to capture songs in their purest, most raw forms. Years later, it has been said, the growing folk movement would inspire young musicians to make pilgrimages to far-flung backporches and hidden juke joints in search of the mysterious musicians they knew by only the barest of information.

This weekend, I became one of them– an enigmatic legend in my own time. (more…)

Meme nominee: Banned Experimental Music

April 28, 2007

In today’s Hollow Tree Experimental Music Report, Zeno has posted a list of “formerly experimental” bands that will no longer be mentioned, having since hit the big time and committed themselves to rote performances of purely monetary intent. Or as he puts it:

“Any particular music that achieves market success can’t be called experimental anymore. When you start to sell a lot of records, your experiments are over, and you have begun applying your findings.”

Sounds like a meme to me… Here’s my list:

1. Phish
2. Plastikman
3. Aphex Twin
4. Boris
5. Godspeed You Black Emperor!
6. Acid Mothers Temple
7. Mike Patton, and all related side-projects
8. Sigur Ros
9. Blue Man Group
10. The Flaming Lips
11. Did I mention Mike Patton?

Unless preceded by the words, “Did you hear about the horrible bus accident involving,” all mention of these entertainers’ current activities will result in my eyes becoming rapidly glazed over, and/or your suffocation.

Simultaneous Translator Sound Art!

April 26, 2007

If you’re not doing anything this coming Saturday morning from 4-6:30 a.m., CST (and you know you’re not!) you’ll want to get tuned in to “It’s Too Damn Early,” so you can hear my improv sound art using John Roach and Willy Whip’s “Simultaneous Translator.”

 The Simultaneous Translator allows users to manipulate multiple streaming broadcasts, as well as displaying the delays and fluctuations inherent with internet broadcasting. For my purposes, I will be putting the program through the task of “re-using” my own program’s webstream, which will be routed back into the mix itself. My previous experiments with this have been fun, but I think the Simultaneous Translator is going to provide me with a level of control I didn’t have before that may make things extra special.

You’ll want to tune in for the thickest, most visceral drone you’ve ever heard coming from a radio speaker… its sure to sound fantastic.

Also, you’ll want to give me a call– WDBX-FM will be halfway through their Spring Membership drive. It’s a great way to support community radio, I highly encourage it!

Is this the best they can do?

April 24, 2007

I just got back from dropping a friend off at her third-shift job– I didn’t feel like listening to the “Ladies of the 80’s” set the volunteer DJ at our local community station was programming, so I decided to skip over to see if I could catch the tail end of Alice Cooper’s broadcast. Better one of his goofy stories, I figured, than have to listen to Exposé…

Unfortunately, I had switched during a commercial break. I was just about to give the local public broadcasting’s satellite-beamed classical programming a shot when something caught my ear– a “Save the Manatees” public service announcement I had read sometimes at WDBX. I’d rather read about manatees than talk about some church group any day, so for a while, it seemed like I read about the manatees a lot on the air. I decided to stick around for a little bit to see how our respective readings differed.

Following the manatee PSA, there was another– this time for the Department of Homeland Security– something about establishing a place to meet with family following an emergency. Then another, and another, and another, often from the same campaign; one following the next for their 15 seconds of glory.

It was PSA hell. I can’t be sure how many aired before I joined in, but I counted 10 PSA’s during the break.

You’re probably wondering why any radio station would air 10 PSA’s in a row at 11:30 at night. The fact is, they have to do it sometime– because the airwaves are owned by the citizens of the United States, the FCC is mandated to insure that they are utilized for the “public interest, convenience, and necessity” of the people. Often, this is interpreted to mean playing a few crummy public service announcements for faceless government agencies free of charge.

Of course, airtime is valuable to radio corporations, and they’re not about to run a spot for saving manatees or preparing for disaster during any sort of peak listening time when it might actually reach a human being. Instead, these announcements (often paid for, I should mention, by the American people for use on their OWN airwaves) are relegated to the ghettos of the radio broadcast day where the potential loss of revenue is negligible; and nobody but lonely gas station attendants and insomniacs will notice the odd cluster of haphazard informational messages coming from the speaker.

Is this the best they can do?

When examining a case, judges sometimes refer to the letter of the law, and the spirit of the law. The spirit of our communications laws are that the radio is a valuable resource to be diligently maintained for the good of all citizens. However, radio corporations seem intent on pressing their case with actions keeping with the letter of the law– achieving nothing more than the bare minimum– a semblance of, and token nod to the people who actually own the radio spectrum these corporations so callously exploit each day.

Naked Arrival 01: “Tenex” (SOLD OUT!!)

April 24, 2007

The first Naked Arrival release, “Tenex,” is now available. “Tenex” features three massive conference calls with over thirty U.S. government agencies digitally recorded, with the results mixed to microcassette– a little over fifteen minutes long.

“Tenex” is housed in a burgandy card file, with a full list detailing each call participant. “Tenex” exists as a single copy, with no other physical recording in existence. Upon receipt, Naked Arrival will make the recording freely available online.$10 in the U.S., $12 international. Due to the limited nature of this recording, contact me for arranging delivery.

Update: The first Naked Arrival release is now SOLD OUT. Following delivery, I will make this release available free online. Thank you!

A Brand-spankin’ New Label!

April 23, 2007

Every year on my birthday, I enjoy taking friends and family out to dinner. I tend to enjoy this more than any normal birthday-related activities, so it’s become somewhat of a tradition. Still– I don’t want any of you to feel left out, so I’ve got something for you as well– I’m starting a new experimental music label, Naked Arrival.

Presently, Naked Arrival will be my personal outlet for extremely limited-run releases of an experimental nature. My emphasis will not be on finished products, but true experiments in sound– recordings located somewhere between the natural world and the realm of music.

I have been considering this for a long time, and “now” felt right.

My plan is to make frequent recordings, each of which will be available to a single purchaser. Upon receipt, the recording will be made freely available online. No other actual physical copy of any recording will exist save the original, which I hope to feature in imaginative packaging with extensive information.

The first Naked Arrival release will be “Tenex,” a series of mass-conference phone calls among government agencies, available soon.

It’s My Birthday Today!

April 23, 2007

Just thought I’d let you all know that there are still 13 hours with which to commemorate this amazing, once-a-year event. Um, with gifts, in case you need a hint. That will be all for now. –DaveX

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/21/07

April 21, 2007

Greetings, everyone! Liveblogging will be a bit crazy tonight– it’s pledge drive– so I’m doing the show, the liveblog, and manning the phones. I just got done playing the “ITDE” theme music, “Thrills and Kicks,” a homemade mix of Pixies, Jimmy Swaggart, Kalx, and EKV sounds I put together some years ago. I’d been wanting to play it the last couple weeks, but didn’t have the disc with me.

Now I’m playing from the Hymns release of Jeff Rehnlund’s “Our Thin Mercy of Error,” which is a really nice set of well-weathered field recordings, home taping errors, collage, and the haphazard Florida sound Hymns has been introducing me to lately. This is great stuff, especially the track “Raleigh,” which features a variety of odd field recordings from within restaurants, maybe a grocery store, on the street interviews, etc.

I told myself that I’d try to keep to shorter tracks for this show, so I could manage the pledge drive calls a bit easier, but I really want to play some longer stuff! The seventeen minutes of Felix Werder’s “Oscussion,” really blows my plans out of the water. I can’t deny it, though– Pogus has a habit of releasing things I either love already, or will be adding to the list after they hip me to it. Werder is in the latter category– I never heard of this fellow before! With three of the four tracks remastered from LP recordings, Pogus not only is bringing the obscure to light once again; they also have played a significant role in preserving worthy music for future listeners.This Werder material has gotten me in the mood to play the new Kim Cascone release, “Statistically Improbably Phrases,” oddly enough. To my ears, they don’t have a lot in common– Werder’s “Oscussion” is a rather rich, organic palette of analog synthesizers and dynamic percussion… Cascone is presenting a decidedly stark mixture of granular cloud washes, ringing loops, and austere electronic processing. Perhaps I’m considering the relative impermeability of these two works, each inhabiting their own sonic realm, when I consider playing them back-to-back. I’m eager to see how well it works!

I think the Werder/Cascone juxtaposition is working out well. I’m especially impressed with the level of detail in Cascone’s disc; it is a challenging listen to focus deeply within the mix, as many of the sounds move quite quickly! This would be a great disc for noise fans interested to migrate more towards the academic side of the experimental spectrum as well.

That being said, I’m going to play from one of Mystified’s latest releases, “Iron,” now available on Turgid Animal Records. If you enjoyed his Roil Noise release “Instability,” this is a natural pick, with more of the “Instability” pieces on display. In much the same way that Cascone could bring some noisers to the microsound/electroacoustic table, Mystified’s work is a great entry point for the Max/MSP crowd to re-consider noise.

Whoo-hoo! Big thanks go out to Zeno, of the Hollow Tree Experimental Music Report— WDBX’s newest member and unwitting (upcoming) recipient of secret schwag! For his contribution, Zeno will be receiving a copy of “In Praise of Forgotten Gods,” a dual 3″ disc collaboration from Rubbish and Circle Six.

I’m playing from “Decore Sonore” now. As I mentioned on the air, this is a lovely album that gets me thinking about lots of things: the possible role that outside sounds can play in composition, the invisible “sphere” of where “acceptable” sounds reside and others are cut off, and the irony of improvisation and uncontrollable “natural” sounds meeting. After all, there’s nothing more relentless than an open window in a recording session!

I was happy to see Brian from the Gamer’s Guild (the show before mine) this week… but I gotta say… this show sure does seem short without that extra half hour! I just looked, and its already 5:45 a.m.

Now I’m playing from Richard Trosper’s “The Ocean,” a minidisc release on Public Eyesore Records, one of my favorite labels. It’s funny, as hard as I work to learn about new and existing experimental musicians, Public Eyesore has an amazing ability to find them way before me. I sometimes get a feeling like Bryan Day has some sort of subterranean artist connection that he visits nightly– the avant-garde version of Lovecraft’s short story “Pickman’s Model.”

I seem to be stuck in a minidisc feedback loop– I love playing these things! It’s a lot of fun to know that the music HAS to be over in 20 minutes or so– narrows the focus, but allows artists a bit of room to expand on an idea. Cool! So far, I played the Trosper material, Tuft’s “Cannibal Fantasy,” and now “Mad Blockhead’s Tale” from Kenji Siratori and Torturing Nurse. This is my wake-up call to the sleepy citizens of Southern Illinois. It is my ever-fervent hope that I am able to play something like this just as someone’s clock radio is going off. *laughs* Yes, I’m bad that way.

I think I’m going to play something I recorded, just for the heck of it. “Is There Anyone There?” was recorded recently, during a conference call with 15+ government agencies.

Update:This broadcast is now available for download as a single 64kbps mp3 file. As always, I encourage you to seek out the original recordings featured on this broadcast, and contact me if you require any assistance doing so. Thanks for listening, and for visiting STARTLING MONIKER. –DaveX

ITDE — Thrills and Kicks
Jeff Rehnlund — 160 India St.
Jeff Rehnlund — Green Piano
Jeff Rehnlund — Mera
Felix Werder — Oscussion
Kim Cascone — Statistically Improbable Phrases
Mystified — Mercury Vapor
Mystified — Instability 2
Mystified — Into Static
Decor Sonore — Plaisirs Horticoles
Decor Sonore — Sequestration des breuvages
Decor Sonore — Rizieres
Decor Sonore — Le centre du cercle
Decor Sonore — Sunday Driver
Richard Trosper — The Ocean
Tuft — I Absorb You
Tuft — I Eat Skeletons
Tuft — The VHS Underworld
Kenji Siratori & Torturing Nurse — Massacre Gene
Kenji Siratori & Torturing Nurse — Mutant Hell
Kenji Siratori & Torturing Nurse — Abolition Body
Kenji Siratori & Torturing Nurse — Bizarre Machine
Kenji Siratori & Torturing Nurse — Heteromania Syndrome
Kenji Siratori & Torturing Nurse — Corpse Mechanism Fuck
DaveX — Is There Anyone There?

WDBX Membership Drive Starts!

April 20, 2007

I thought I’d let you all know that the WDBX Spring Membership Drive starts (as always) with my broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early,” this coming Saturday morning April 21st, and continues through until May 4th.

I’d enjoy if you’d all give me a call at 618-457-3691 and become a member of WDBX– student memberships are $10, or you can give this gift to your entire family for $25. Truthfully, any amount is helpful, and we appreciate whatever you can give.

WDBX’s goal for the Spring Membership drive is $10,000– which provides a significant amount of our operating budget for the year. My personal show goal has been set at $50, which I’d be happy to surpass with your help. Let’s let ’em know that experimental music is loved as much as jam bands, folk, and smooth jazz!

For those of you who don’t care to hear the sultry sound of my voice, there is an online donation page available at the WDBX website. Otherwise, I expect to hear from you later! –DaveX

Coolest Music Blog Ever! (or right now, anyway)

April 16, 2007

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with music. I always love finding new things. I first heard Afrobeat-style music about ten years ago when I caught Fela Kuti’s “Colonial Mentality” on my local community radio station, WDBX-FM.  I was hooked on Fela almost immediately, and quickly learned about afrobeat, highlife, soca, etc– when I do my radio shows, I refer to master control as the “Hi-Life Room,” my nod to this beautiful, vibrant music.

Of course, this isn’t easy music to stumble across in Southern Illinois! That’s why I was so very happy to find the “Awesome Tapes From Africa” blog, which kills that awful sinking feeling music fans get when they know full well they can’t find the “real” music from a place or culture. Until I can get down to a street vendor in Ghana and pick up a handful of tapes, this is going to be the next best thing for me. Check it out!

Report on Institute for Creation Research speech

April 16, 2007

This evening, I took DJ Mo to visit a local church, for the purpose of attending a presentation from the Institute for Creation Reseach. Although I don’t generally attend any sort of church, I thought it might be a good educational opportunity for DJ Mo to see how religion is used to abuse otherwise decent folks and relieve them of their money.

And although it would have made for a far more interesting blog, I didn’t ask any questions, start a debate, or otherwise draw attention to myself–my general opinion is that these sort of folks have their minds made up regardless of what is presented, and that logic or evidence just doesn’t matter to them.

Nevertheless, it was an interesting experience, so I’ll share it with you. (more…)

Sloppy Seconds Italian Disco Takeover Conspiracy!

April 16, 2007

Now here’s something I wouldn’t have expected– a group takeover of the Sloppy Seconds compilation. In case you’re unfamiliar, Sloppy Seconds is the in-the-works comp from Obscurica Records constructed with individual one-second submissions– 4800 separate submissions, with a track marker every minute yields a single 80-minute disc!

I think it’s a great idea, and submitted my own track a while back. But today, courtesy of my blog’s referral list, I saw that some folks over at the “Speedcore Worldwide Movement” forum are hoping to send at least 60 separate submissions of a common tempo in as a group– collectively constructing some sort of one-minute song.Says forum member Rotello:

It would be GREAT if 60 of us make a 1 sec long track at 180/ 240 /300 /360 bpm. ( lets find two suitable speed,that is in sync and pumping enough) if we can keep that tempo the track will have a rigorous tempo, and track will have an internal consistency. i think 60/ 120 /240 / 480 /960/ 1920

While I sort of admire Rotello for thinking outside the box, I’m a bit disappointed someone wants to game the system, especially the bit about it being “pumping enough.” Ugh. Part of what will make the Sloppy Seconds comp interesting is the emerging structure, rather than anything being forced. It’s also clear that some of the other forum members just don’t get the basic idea either. Forum member Dismelt said:

I think more than 1 sec would be better. Maybe 3 secs each = 3 minute track?”

Site admin Frazzbass adds:

5 or 10 second each”

Shit. Why don’t you all just make speedcore albums and see if Obscurica will release them for you? Rotello goes on to do his best keeping these speedcore lawn jockeys in line, reminding them that it’s not his compilation, and reiterating his original group concept:

“my idea is to take “control” of one of that 60 sec track and make a full core track. if we use same tempo it’s not gonna be THAT difficult.”

I’m not holding my breath that these guys will be able to pull it off anyway, but if they do, I don’t think the results are going to be all that great. Forum member DeadlyAngel sums up the worst of my suburban fears with his statement:

dont forget to add a huge distortion to the final mix of the track! i think its perfect for virtual music, not for a “real” cd.”


Liveblogging “ITDE” 4/14/07

April 14, 2007

I’ve started the show early again– not only was nobody here when I arrived, but the transmitter had been left on! Even though that saved me a little time getting set up, it would have been nice of the previous DJ to save WDBX some cash by turning it off.

As listeners know full well by now, I’m a big fan of electroacoustic music. This Michel Chion work, “TU” is simply fantastic, I’ve been listening to it quite a bit since I found it online through Brocoli, a French label which appears to offer a variety of styles of music. They have a “split-the-difference” approach to filesharing– you can hear complete releases free in a somewhat lower mp3 quality, or purchase them as CDs. It’s interesting to see how different labels are approaching and dealing with filesharing. Obviously, Brocoli is sympathetic (and realistic!) about it, even referencing Soulseek at their site. Update: Speaking of Souleek, I usually keep an open chat window in slsk’s “noise” room, should anyone wish to drop by during the show. That’s how I met Ruby, who manages the netlabel Takkeherrie Recordings. For more information about how chat can work for YOUR business, send $12 to me each week for the next 35 years. The secret will be revealed!

Outside WDBX, Carbondale IL - Original photography by DaveX

Top of the hour approaches… time to shift gears!Well, it looks like I’m keeping the French listeners happy today! Now I’m playing Marie-Soleil Belanger and Normand Guilbeault’s “Les Salines,” from Ambiances Magnetiques. I am loving this album, which is wonderful, because I didn’t think I’d like it at all! I mean… it’s about salt, right? Luckily, I had recently read a book about salt and found it tremendously interesting– I was quite curious to see if some of the things I had learned would play out in the music. I’m not sure they do, but it certainly gives me a deeper appreciation for what Belanger and Guilbeault are creating.

How about some organ? That was Daniel Thompson, whose Microtonal Composer blog is listed in my blogroll. I’ve been listening to a lot of Bach organ works lately, and thought– hey, I’d like to hear some more organ right now! Thompson has a lot of fascinating ideas about music, our perception of music in relation to scales and intervals, and frankly– quite a few ideas that go over my head. It’s lovely to “meet” someone able to converse technically on the subject of microtonal composition, but also able to whip out an example for the less notationally-inclined in the readership.

Well, I’m really embarassed today! It would be nice to be able to pronounce French words correctly, but they are so rarely pronounced how I think! Rather than butcher them completely, I’m just directing people to this site– I know, it’s terribly lame. I’m playing Augusti Martinez now, from the Etude Records release “Are Spirits What I Hear?”. Etude Records seem like a really good label, I’m impressed with the quality of their releases so far.

The Martinez material got me thinking about Jack Wright— this inexplicable blowing is both compelling and mysterious to me. This is a nice live excerpt, courtesy of Jack Wright himself. I really like the shape of the bass on this recording– it seems to dance just outside where I’m expecting it, and gives everything a bit of tension. While I’m in an improv mood, I think I’ll get some Mike Khoury stuff ready… how about “Detroit Improvisation 7”? Sounds good to me! This features Khoury; saxophonist Brian Mackie; and percussionist Michael Welch. I know listeners love to hear me yak (ha ha) but I’m all about the long cuts this morning!

Oh! I know just the thing to play after Michael Welch’s four-stick drum attack– four more sticks! This time, however, it’s Ettrick and Tralphaz, playing together as Elf Ass. Ettrick is going to be in Nashville for my birthday, I wish I had money to get there!! If any of my Nashville friends are reading this, they should get over to Ruby Green for the show and get me some merch, yay.

I know I mentioned my upcoming birthday previously, but as it is much closer now, I’ll bring it up again. I’m having one! I’ll be older than I am now, and you may send me gifts to commemorate this fact. It’s fun, trust me.

Speaking of fun, how about I play Chef Menteur’s “We Await Silent Tristero’s Empire,” from Backporch Revolution Records? I knew you’d agree!

Whew! Wether just about kicked me out of my chair! That is one HOT minidisc!! I don’t know much about Wether right now, they’re difficult to Google for obvious reasons… I’m going to have to do some more research. Between this mini “Skin Atonement,” on Hymns; and their contribution to the Rococo Records 12″ I heard, I’m really enjoying their work. While I’m playing minis, I decided to play “In Praise of Forgotten Gods,” a double-mini release from Rubbish and Circle Six on Roil Noise. Both artists sent me a copy of this, so I think I may mess around with playing both Rubbish sides at once, just for kicks. Next week is pledge time for WDBX– send me a decent pledge for the station, and I just might kick in my extra copy for you!

Update: This broadcast is now available as a single 64kbps mp3 file. As always, I urge you not to think of this recording as a way around purchasing experimental music from the artists and labels involved, but simply as an introduction or an educational opportunity. If you need any assistance contacting an artist or label you hear on any of my broadcasts, do not hesitate to let me know!

Michel Chion — Il etait une fois
Michel Chion — Vois tu ce poignard?
Michel Chion — Son manteau traînait comme un soleil couchant
Michel Chion — En quel pays sommes-nous
Michel Chion — Mon mal meurt
Michel Chion — Devant le temple
Michel Chion — Es-tu prêt à tenir ta langue
Michel Chion — Veilleuse
Michel Chion — …
Michel Chion — Ah, la voici cette beauté si farouche!
Michel Chion — Chant dans la nuit
Michel Chion — Pa…pa…papagena!
Marie-Soleil Belanger, Normand Guilbeault — Les salines
Marie-Soleil Belanger, Normand Guilbeault — Gouttes d’eau dans la mer
Marie-Soleil Belanger, Normand Guilbeault — Le sueur du paludier
Marie-Soleil Belanger, Normand Guilbeault — Ruisseliement
Daniel Thompson — 26 edo Organ Study 1
Nole Plastique — Remuer Rayonne
Augusti Martinez — Serie B (for Scelsi)
Augusti Martinez — For Pau
Augusti Martinez — Tic
Reuben Radding, Andrew Drury, Jack Wright — Untitled, 2005
Mike Khoury, Brian Mackie, Michael Welch — Untitled Improvisation 3
Elf Ass (Ettrick, Tralphaz) — Live, 2/25/07 San Francisco
Chef Menteur — Pointu
Chef Menteur — Paysans de la Mer
Chef Menteur — Matiasma
Chef Menteur — W.A.S.T.E.
Wether — Selective Reasoning
Wether — Silver Flood
Wether — Torrid
Rubbish/Circle Six — In Praise of Forgotten Gods (Rubbish disc x TWO)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 4/7/07

April 7, 2007

Update: This broadcast is now available for download. See the end of this entry for the link.

This is one of those times I wish people would send me a track listing. It’s going to be difficult to say much about some cool tracks when I’m reduced to calling them all “Untitled” from the album “Untitled”… *sigh* Anyhow, this Hermeneutech stuff is pretty good. It’s just… wrong in some way that I like. I’m digging some of the sampled drum sounds– they are “sticky” sounding. If you’re listening, I’m sure you hear what I mean.

Speaking of wrong, now I’m playing a Big City Orchestra disc, but of course, I’m not even sure which one it is! I’m guessing it is titled “Is Dead Long Live,” but who knows! (BCO member Das clears it up in the comments. It is titled “Dada is Dead, Long Live Dada”…) It’s credited to all the right people, but this is the most demented misspelling of the BCO name yet– “Brr Itchy Ork.” If I ever want to find an impossible task to labor on, I’ll attempt to make a complete BCO discography. Anyway, this is my favorite of theirs so far. It’s got a lot of real weirdness going on; speedy loops, vinyl popping, wacky string noises, electronics, etc. A fun listen!

It’s time to announce the show proper here in a minute… gotta get the next recording queued up as well.Okay.. I’ve got the John Morton “Solo Traveler” disc rolling now. Good stuff! Innova always has such unique and challenging works available through their label, and this Morton recording is not out of place among them. I’ve had a soft spot for music boxes ever since tinkering around with one of the disc-based ones where you can change the song. I envisioned myself filing away bumps on the disc to create altered compositions, but really lacked the ability to purchase the player at the time. It’s nice to hear someone actively realizing this idea, as well as so many others.

While this is playing, I want to write a little bit about WDBX’s upcoming pledge drive. It will be starting on April 21st, and kicking off with my show. My show’s personal goal is only $50, so I’m hoping you’ll help me reach it. During the pledge drive, just give a call in to 618-457-3691, and tell someone (maybe even me!) that you’re pledging for “It’s Too Damn Early.” I keep my show regardless of if I meet this goal, but it helps the station stay on the air– and the goal of $10,000 isn’t too high when you consider that WFMU was recently asking for $900,000 during their fundraiser!

Are you enjoying the Robert Normandeau material as much as I am? I hope so! This recording has a great vibrancy to it, reminds me of Raphael Neron‘s “Toons,” one of the placing works in the 2006 Jeu de Temps/Times Play contest hosted by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. I wish I had that with me now! Maybe I can stream it off their site… we’ll see!

Even better– I downloaded it from the Sonus website, an invaluable resource. If you’re interested in electroacoustic compositions, you should check it out. While I was getting the Neron composition, I also grabbed one from Jay Needham, a local professor and media artist. In one of my more respectable moments, I was invited to be a guest in his new media/radio art course one time– I got to speak before the class, it was a lot of fun. I really envy his opportunity to so directly influence growing artists (and run-of-the-mill students) concepts of sound art and media. That’s got to be a cool job!

Darn. I went to grab a coke from the machine… ended up with Sprite. These are the sacrifices I make to bring you great radio! Just in case I hadn’t mentioned it, my birthday is coming up towards the end of April– I always make random, passionate calls for extravagant gifts during this time of the year. Luckily, you still have time to find me something incredible and/or large.

“Blacktop” had a great flow to it, didn’t it? I was intending to play from Ctephin’s “Sphinx” following that, but I realized I’d need a bit more breathing room between the two. Not that Rich West’s “Heavenly Breakfast” is light material– but it is a bit more open. The moonlit-travels of “Blacktop” (which perfectly conjure that dreamy sense of movement I always associate with nighttime driving) wouldn’t have fit so well with “Sphinx,” which recalls an entirely different sort of night…

So now you’re listening to Ctephin’s “To Know,” hopefully. Sometimes I wonder how much of what you’re hearing is what I’m hearing. For instance, this gets me thinking about the weight of a desert night– the blind lawlessness of nature, the time dilation that occurs in the few hours prior to dawn, even the lifting of the grasping mental fog upon first light. Are you hearing this too?

Back to the BCO. This track, “Extend Collapse,” works really well with the Ctephin “To Know,” so even though its running me past the time to air underwriting, I’m going to let it play. Although I have no problem playing the underwriting (they DO support the station, you know!) my sympathy ultimately lies with the needs of the music and the show itself– so if something has to run a little long, that’s okay with me.This is a really hypnotic BCO track. I’m having a difficult time keeping awake. It’s definitely too damn early today– I need some rest! If any of you are curious, I generally get about two or three hours prior to the show, crash for an hour or so afterward… and then move on with my day. The liveblogging is actually a reaction to this– it allows me to have my playlist and commentary mostly done (sans links, that is) by the time I get home. It’s also interesting to have another outlet for understanding and exploring music as I broadcast.

In the hopes of waking myself up a bit, it’s time to play from“Transcendentalism,” a split release from Damno Te and Android in Motion. Yep– seems to be working! I’m going to see if I can squeeze in some COMA from “Ornamental Urban Shrubbery” before the end of the show. Be sure to check back here later for the complete download of this broadcast. I hope you’ve enjoyed the show; don’t forget to leave a comment or two! –DaveX

Update: This broadcast is available as a single 64kbps mp3 download. Due to some technical problems, this recording begins within the Big City Orchestra “Remain in Orb” track.  A few moments of the following radio program “Kids Kamp,” are also present at the end of the file. As always, I hope that you will treat this recording as an opportunity for education and enjoyment, rather than as a means to circumvent supporting experimental artists and labels. If you require assistance locating a recording for purchase, feel free to contact me at any time.

Hermeneutech — Untitled 2
Hermeneutech — Untitled 3
Hermeneutech — Untitled 7
Big City Orchestra — Advise Pilot of Fire
Big City Orchestra — Seconds Too Late
Big City Orchestra — Remain In Orb
Big City Orchestra — Exspect Nothing
John Morton — Amazing Grace Variations
Robert Normandeau — Puzzle
Robert Normandeau — Eden
Raphael Neron — Toons
Jay Needham — Blacktop
Rich West — A Performer’s Objective Is To Put Everyone To Sleep
Rich West — Detritus or Treasures
Ctephin — Sphinx
Big City Orchestra — Extend Collapse
Android in Motion — Western Intellectualism Bars Us From the Eight-Fold Path
COMA — Fire-eating Duelist


April 1, 2007

I just noticed that STARTLING MONIKER has been named “Blog of the Minute,” yet another award of questionable merit from the folks at WordPress! Nevertheless, I think a re-introduction is in order– hopefully, a few new readers will stick around.

STARTLING MONIKER is a blog primarily featuring experimental music reviews, sound art; and writing about filesharing ethics and music reviewing. I also liveblog commentaries about my weekly experimental radio show “It’s Too Damn Early,” and often share complete recordings of broadcasts.

I hope that you will stay to read more of STARTLING MONIKER– check my favorite entries page for some of most interesting posts. –DaveX